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 Fonts not working correctly
Author: sonicseaweed 
Date:   16-11-06 22:02

I'm running FreeBSD 6.2 and the fonts do not seem to be fount by anything.

The computer is running as a server and so it just has an xserver running for GUIs. Almost any GUI based application I run gives a message along the lines of

Warning: Cannot convert string "-*-courier-medium-r-*-*-*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*" to type FontStruct

(usually multiple ones).

If I run xlsfonts, this is all I get

[16:57:21]sonicseaweed@cs:~$ xlsfonts

I have a bunch of fonts installed in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts
but nothing seems to find them.

I don't have an XFree86 config file anywhere on my system (as it is not installed), but I do have xorg installed (where is its config file? I don't see anything that seems relevant to it)

here are some pkg_info things I thought might be relevant

[16:59:59]root@cs:~# pkg_info | grep font
bitstream-vera-1.10_2 Bitstream Vera TrueType font collection
cmpsfont-1.0_5 Computer Modern PostScript Fonts (Adobe Type 1 format)
fontconfig-2.3.2_6,1 An XML-based font configuration API for X Windows
fontforge-20060822 Type 1/TrueType/OpenType/bitmap font editor
freetype2-2.2.1_1 A free and portable TrueType font rendering engine
gsfonts-8.11_2 Fonts used by GNU Ghostscript (or X)
libXft-2.1.7_1 A client-sided font API for X applications
linux-fontconfig-2.2.3_5 Linux/i386 binary of Fontconfig
p5-type1inst-0.6.1_2 A script that helps install Postscript fonts in X Window Sy
tkfont-1.1_2 A Tk based replacement for xfontsel
ttmkfdir-3.0.9,1 Create fonts.scale file for use with TrueType font server
xorg-fonts-100dpi-6.9.0_1 X.Org 100dpi bitmap fonts
xorg-fonts-75dpi-6.9.0_1 X.Org 75dpi bitmap fonts
xorg-fonts-cyrillic-6.9.0_1 X.Org Cyrillic bitmap fonts
xorg-fonts-encodings-6.9.0_1 X.Org font encoding files
xorg-fonts-miscbitmaps-6.9.0_1 X.Org miscellaneous bitmap fonts
xorg-fonts-truetype-6.9.0 X.Org TrueType fonts
xorg-fonts-type1-6.9.0 X.Org Type1 fonts
xorg-fontserver-6.9.0_1 X font server from X.Org

[17:00:09]root@cs:~# pkg_info | grep xfree

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 Re: Fonts not working correctly
Author: sonicseaweed 
Date:   20-11-06 22:16

Problem Solved

So the problem was that the fontserver (xfs) was not being used correctly.

When I was using XMing as an xserver, it only came with like 3 fonts. However, there is an option to specify a fontserver. By doing that I could get rid of all those error messages.

Alternatively, installing the font package for Xming also solved the problem.

Hope somebody else has use of this information.

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 Re: Fonts not working correctly
Author: Dan 
Date:   20-11-06 23:07

Glad you fixed it.

What did you change to make xfs work correctly?


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 Re: Fonts not working correctly
Author: sonicseaweed 
Date:   20-11-06 23:17

xfs was actually working correctly. However, since Xming did not know about the fontserver, it just used its own fonts. The problem was really a user error (aka me being less than intelligent).

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